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Head & Neck Cancer Patient Stories

Linda Rathbun

Head & Neck Cancer

Linda Rathbun

Head & Neck Cancer

I tell people if you are going on this journey, you should not compare yourself to anyone else. Every cancer is different, and every person’s situation is different.

Nick Maraini

Head & Neck Cancer

Nick Maraini

Head & Neck Cancer

I was floored by my diagnosis. I don’t smoke, chew tobacco, or drink excessively, and I was only 33 years old.

Scott Parker

Head & Neck Cancer

Scott Parker

Head & Neck Cancer

When Scott Parker was 45, he began losing his voice. He was soon diagnosed with laryngeal cancer by an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Then he sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center because he knew of the Center's name and reputation. Scott had a long road ahead; he underwent radiation and had a laryngectomy, followed by reconstructive surgery, which was a success. He worked with Fox Chase's speech pathology department after surgery, which he now only needs on an as-needed basis. "I now come to Fox Chase for any medical needs I might have that they offer," Scott said. "If they offer it at Fox Chase, this is where I come. I’m so confident in the people here."

Larry Reddick

Head & Neck Cancer;  Sarcoma

Larry Reddick

Head & Neck Cancer;  Sarcoma

At the age of 74, Larry Reddick was growing more and more frustrated with the hoarseness of his voice. When he began losing weight for no reason, he decided to see an ear, nose, and throat specialist, but found this physician was not helpful. Larry then sought a second opinion from the Temple Head and Neck Institute, where he was diagnosed with grade 2 chondosarcoma, a rare cancer that would need surgery. He was referred to Dr. Christopher Fundakowski at Fox Chase Cancer, where he also was treated by Dr. Margaret von Mehren, a medical oncologist, and Dr. Neal S. Topham, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery; the surgery was a success. "Fox Chase is solely focused on cancer, and the staff is compassionate and professional," Larry said. "Fox Chase is the ultimate in quality care professionals, and I will always be extremely grateful to them. Today I am cancer free."

Stephen Meier

Head & Neck Cancer

Stephen Meier

Head & Neck Cancer

"I’m the kind of person who isn’t prone to panic. Panic just causes confusion. So, when what began as soreness on the right side of my throat turned out to be cancer, I remained calm and figured somebody can fix it."

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